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President Trump was in San Diego today to visit the new border wall built under his direction, and he seemed mighty proud of it!
“This wall can’t be climbed!” he proudly proclaimed!
Right on, Mr. President, right on!
Here's more, from Fox News:
President Trump touted the effectiveness of newly-constructed barriers as he toured the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego on Wednesday, insisting, “This wall can’t be climbed.”
“It’s a very powerful -- very powerful – wall,” the president, accompanied by border officials, said as he toured the Otay Mesa area.
Last month, the administration completed 14 miles of steel bollards up to 30 feet high. The $147 million project replaced a much shorter fence made of surplus airstrip landing mats from the Vietnam War.
The president said it’s in one of the “most dangerous areas,” and they’ve built a “double wall” – one barrier was 18 feet, and the other was 30 feet. Before leaving, Trump used a marker to sign the wall.
He also talked up how the barrier was designed to retain heat as a deterrent. “You can fry an egg on that wall,” he said.
At the same site last year, Trump saw wall prototypes, which were destroyed to make way for 14 miles of steel bollards currently under construction.
The president and his administration have said they planned on building between 450 and 500 miles of fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile border by the end of 2020, an ambitious undertaking funded by billions of defense dollars that had been earmarked for things such as military base schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities.
Trump has been riding a string of wins on the wall and on immigration. Arrests on the Mexican border arrests plunged well beyond the usual summer dip in August.
Last week, the Supreme Court gave Trump a green light to deny asylum to anyone who passed through another country on the way to the U.S. border with Mexico without having sought protection in that third country.
Meanwhile, the Defense Department has nixed three border barrier projectsin Arizona over costs, according to a court document filed Monday.
The Pentagon on Aug. 26 authorized the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to undertake the additional projects to build fencing, infrastructure and lighting at the U.S.-Mexico border, the filing said.
Don't ever forget this:
And don't forget this article from the San Diego Tribune, that reported Trump's wall could not be breached by our special forces!
It is a fair question to ask: Are the border wall prototypes as impenetrable as President Donald Trump would want them to be?
Attempts to breach the 30-foot prototypes have been undertaken not only by specially trained agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection but also by the U.S. military, a fact that surfaced in a Fox News segment Wednesday morning with one contributor saying that not even America’s special forces could breach them.
"Special Forces operatives and members of our Navy SEAL community were asked to try and breach the wall prototypes and they could not do it,” Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich said in this clip.
Update: For clarification, no U.S. Navy SEALs were involved in the testing of the wall prototypes, a U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command spokesman in Coronado confirmed it with The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Fox News segment caught the attention of people on Twitter, where some pointed out that, yes, given the right tools, America’s special forces cold probably breach the prototypes. Some wondered how Pavlich’s comment could possibly be true given the high level of skills special U.S. forces possess. Others were skeptical.
To be clear, Pavlich’s statement on its face is (partially) true. But the context for her comment is a little more nuanced.
In January, the Associated Press reportedon the results of a three-week test by U.S. military forces and CBP special units. During those three weeks, specially trained units attempted to breach the prototypes using only “jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices.”
The prototypes stand at 30 feet tall and are made from a range of materials including concrete and steel. During the tests, the AP reported, “highly trained testers scaled 16 to 20 feet unassisted but needed help after that” and that testers “expressed safety concerns about getting down from 30 feet.”
“Only once did a tester manage to land a hook on top of the wall without help,” a source told the AP.
It’s unclear if U.S. military forces testing the prototypes used military-grade tools to try to breach the walls. That is a question that perhaps the federal government can answer one day.
What do you think — do you believe that the border wall prototypes are impenetrable? Could you think of other tools that someone could use to breach them? If you were asked to breach the wall, how would you do it?
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